Contrast between bullets and sweets in 1916 garden
Published 02/06/2016 | 02:30
Waking up to find the streets where they played hopscotch caught up in revolution offered liberation to the children of 1916, according to designer Fiann Ó Nualláin.
The former Bloom gold medallist brought Irish Independent reader Jacinta Sullivan's concept to life in the 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets' garden for this year's festival. Ms Sullivan was the winner of a competition to help design the 1916 Commemoration Garden, sponsored by the Irish Independent.
The design contrasts bright flowers representing the eruption of rebellion with bullet casings and sweets on cobblestones, with the Proclamation the backdrop to it all. It also includes re-enactors, some of whom are wearing their grandfathers' uniforms.
Mr Ó Nualláin said: "As the fighting was going on to liberate the children, they were getting their first taste of treasures, which were these sweets that they never in a million years could afford." The garden invites visitors to ask if the Proclamation's promise to "cherish all the children of the nation equally" has been fulfilled.